For the past two years, Robin Robinson and the Recorder of Deeds office have been in the process of preserving 700 historic deed and miscellaneous books.
With just over half preserved at this time, the office has focused its attention to the historical properties found in the books.
Throughout this project, the Recorder of Deeds office has received help in researching historical aspects of the books, particularly in the miscellaneous books. The miscellaneous books are the most recent books to be preserved and are especially important since they contain information on the enslaved people in Bucks County.
Three people, Linda Salley, Doreen Stratton and Jesse Crooks have been helpful in researching properties purchased by enslaved people and manumissions, which are found in the miscellaneous books. To honor their contributions, the Recorder of Deeds office has decided to dedicate deed books to them.
“Linda, Doreen and Jesse have been instrumental in furthering our understanding of the history and stories that need to be added to our living Bucks County history,” said Robinson.
Salley, president, and a founding member of the African American Museum of Bucks County has her roots based in education. She is a retired New York City educator and administrator.
Stratton is a local historian, writer, researcher and photographer of the Underground Railroad in Bucks County. Her family has lived in Bucks County since the Civil War.
Crooks is also a local historian who volunteers as a Mercer Museum Library Archivist. Similarly, he is part of the archives committee for the Solebury Township Historical Society.
“It is with great pleasure that my office honors them in this small way, having their names placed in deed books that will last up to 500 years,” said Robinson.